Blue corn seeds for sale – Easy plant to grow with edible cobs, buy grown for the ornamental cobs, flowers or plant, sowing in late winter (in warmer climate) to early spring when start from seeds.
Blue corn seeds – information before buying:
Growing information: annual plant, growing hardiness zone: 3-11 water needed – average to big amount, light conditions – full sun, height: 1-3m 3-10 feet.
Blooming in the spring to summer in beard shaped flowers that appear in white-yellowish color.
Seeds edible and grow on cobs, seeds can appear in blue color.
Sowing in late winter (in warmer climate) to early spring (after last frost), moist, rich soil
Alternative names: Maize, Zea mays, Rio Grande Blue, Yoeme Blue, Tarahumara Maiz Azul
Blue corn seeds for sale
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Blue corn varies from a dark blue nearly black to a light grey. It comes in 3 varieties: Sakwaqa’o (or standard blue); Huruskwapu (or hard blue) and Maasiqa’o (or gray-blue). It is recommended to plant blue corn in spring. The plant dies in the fall after harvest and is replanted from seed in the spring.
Here are some growing tips you need to know:
- Location – Make sure to plant the seed in a sunny place.
- Planting – Plant it in the spring 2cm (1 inch) deep and 20 cm (8 inches) apart in rows of 3 or 4 seeds. The soil temperature must be at least 10 C (50 Fahrenheit). Seeds should germinate in a 15 days’ time. Pull any weeds that emerge around the blue corn plant in the first month.
- Watering – Water the soil and keep it moist throughout all the germination time. In hot weather water it daily.
- Harvesting – Silk at the end of the corn must be dry enough. Cob must feel well formed. Push a little bit the husk to ensure the kernels are totally formed.
- Fertilizer – Use lot of organic material like compost and worm casting. Use high nitrogen fertilizer when the plant is about 15-20 cm (6-8 inches).
- Pollination – To keep your blue corn pure, put it at least 300meters away from other type of corn as corn cross-pollinate easily. Plant multiple corn plants for a maximum pollination.
- Culinary uses – Delicious and healthy, blue maize corn is commonly used to make tortillas, blue corn chips, cornbread mixes and blue corn pancake mixes. Although it is less sweet than the traditional yellow corn, can be eaten as a sweet corn. It is also consider healthier as he contains more of the amino acid lysine and the antioxidant anthocyanin than yellow corn.